Flash Fiction: The Chosen

I’m taking a break from book writing/editing to bring you my contribution to this week’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers.” I hope my story will surprise you. The Chosen I skulk on the edge of the…

Flash Fiction: Decay

Before I get to my response to this week’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch, I want to share one of my favorite Twitter accounts/blogs with you. Abandoned America (blog here, Twitter here) is a collection of photographs by Matthew Christopher, who explores a wide variety of abandoned structures, including schools, hospitals, prisons, homes,…

Flash Fiction: The Sign

Welcome to my latest response to Charli’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sign. It can be a posted sign, a universal sign, a wonder.  I tried to be funny. You can decide if I succeeded. The Sign I dash up the street,…

Flash Fiction: Surprise

I don’t normally make New Years resolutions, but this year I did: I want to become more fluent in Spanish. I took Spanish in college, leaving with enough skill to get the gist of it in writing and pick up a word or two in conversation. After years of knowing just enough to be annoyed…

Flash Fiction: Blown Cover

This week’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch was too good to pass up: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that pairs mashed potatoes with a superpower. It can be in any circumstance, funny or poignant. Enjoy! Blown Cover Anyone who thinks having superpowers is so cool doesn’t have a sister. McKenzie…

Flash Fiction: From the Woods

From the Woods I crawl through Darkness, the ever-present being, one I can’t touch but knows me completely. Darkness wants to keep me here, in these woods, surrounded, lost. If I have no hope of escape, Darkness gets her wish. But if I find the way out, Darkness is powerless to stop me. So I…

Flash Fiction: Believing

This week’s flash fiction challenge setup over at Carrot Ranch was poignant. After a heartbreaking yet inspiring tale of coming back after a flood, Charli left us with this prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about “not all is lost.”  I’m not sure my angle is what she had in mind.…